German Studies


My teaching and research seeks to address this, our current ecological state of affairs, through multiple lines of inquiry. In particular I have found that a remarkable group of 19th and 20th century German thinkers and writers, who through their literary writings sought to open up the imagination to a geological time scale, might help us to better understand our place in life on Earth and our unique human response-ability for the planet.

I am generally interested in historical and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of modern culture.

Kristina Pilz was a 2017-2018 Mellon Collaborative Fellow for Reaching New Publics. Her research is guided by her larger interest in Poetry and Poetics, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial, as well as Race and Ethnicity Studies.

Matthew Childs is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German Studies. He joined the department in 2015 after receiving his M.A. in German and B.A. in German and Classical Civilizations at Florida State University.

After earning his BA in German at Boise State University, Aaron went on to teach English in China and Austria. In 2013, he obtained his MA in Technical Communication before working as a technical writer at Hewlett-Packard. He currently teaches German at the University of Washington.